Posted Jun 11, 2017
The fourth release in the DC Extended Universe, Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, finally gives us the hero we deserved in it’s murky surroundings. As a huge fan of DC comics myself and an even bigger fan of the Christopher Nolan directed Dark Knight trilogy, I have felt inexplicably let down by Warner Brothers in recent years with their additions to the comic book movie roster. Man of Steel (2013), Batman vs Superman (2016) and Suicide Squad (2016) were sub-par to say the least and the ever inevitable Harry Potter reboot seemed to draw ever closer as their failings became more and more apparent. We needed a hero, we were holding out for a hero! Up steps our first female super hero lead in 11 years since the forgettable in seconds Elektra (2004). Up steps this strong, empowering, emotive character we’ve all been crying out for!
Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot (Fast Five, Keeping Up With The Joneses) as the titular character (Diana), an Amazonian Princess with a higher purpose, Chris Pine (Star Trek, Hell or High Water) as her faithful American Spy companion whom washes up on the beaches of the assumed hidden Amazon island, Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) as The Queen of Amazon and Robin Wright (Forrest Gump, The Princess Bride) as The Queen’s sister, Diana’s warrior trainer and Auntie. Diana thinks Ares, The God of War, to be the corrupter of all men, striking hatred and conflict in to their hearts to show his father Zeus just what a poor creation he has mustered. Upon hearing of the infamous World War, she sees this as the perfect opportunity to find Ares (believed to be General Ludendorf) and end his tyrannical hold on mankind forever.
The scene is set, the characters are established, the special effects are at the required level to create something special. Can Wonder Woman prove to succeed where so many other Superhero movies and more appropriately DC Superhero movies of recent times, have failed so much? The answer? Yes! Finally we have something worth watching, and well worth watching at that! Though, of course it’s not perfect, it does work so well where others have not. I can’t stress enough how pure and empowering i found this film at times, it’s also humorous in parts and has some really awe inspiring scenes (one scene in particular, is just to be marvelled (ahem) at, it really is an astounding piece of cinematography that will live long in the memory). It’s beautifully shot and does a great job at stirring empathy for Diana as opposed to objectifying her, something not easily overcome. It’s also a deep, thought provoking film which is something we haven’t seen from DC since the days of The Dark Knight Trilogy. What I love about Wonder Woman is that the titular character is portrayed in such an identifiable manner, despite being an essentially immortal demi-god.
Though Wonder Woman has it’s flaws, it’s use of gratuitous slow motion bothered me a lot and the climactic battle was lazy, overzealous, loud and unnecessary much like it’s predecessors in Man Of Steel (2012) Batman vs Superman (2016) and Suicide Squad (2016) and the pacing was a little off, it really is a triumph and a must see. Heck, it’s an outstanding feat in that it’s such a (well overdue) giant leap forward for film-making to have this female superhero, directed by a female director, for the first time in 11 years, absolutely knocking it out of the park. Let us hope we are seeing the start of something big. A Wonderful addition to an otherwise sub par franchise, my faith in DC has been somewhat restored and I look towards Justice League in November with eager anticipation.